Blue Collar Leadership

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By Mack Story
Leadership development for everyone in the blue collar workforce and those who lead and support them. Leadership is influence. Influence is built daily, not in a day.

There are two types of influence: 1) Artificial influence which comes with a title, position, or rank and is reserved for those who have formal authority over others; and 2) Authentic influence which is based on a person's character and the relationships they build, and it's available to anyone with or without a position of authority because it's based on moral authority (who you are).
27: Are you unlucky? I'll help you learn to be lucky.
I've heard it said many times, "Luck is where preparation intersects opportunity." I agree. If you want to be lucky, prepare yourself for the opportunities you want. We make our own luck by being prepared.
August 14, 2018
26: One way to stand out when applying for a new job.
Who is going to get the job you want? The person with the most influence. Not sometime, every time. Learn how to get someone to actually look at your resume/application when applying for a job internally or externally.
August 13, 2018
25: There's more to getting ahead than doing a great job.
When it comes to launching yourself and your career, what you do at work is important; but what you do after work is more important.
August 12, 2018
24: The opportunity you want is waiting on you to show up.
Too often, people who want a promotion, a better job, a different job, a better paying job, are simply going through the motions waiting for it to suddenly be given to them. That's not how it works. Someone will be hired tomorrow for the exact job you want. HR is filling that position somewhere everyday. The person who is best prepared relative to character and competency will get it. Will it be you?
August 11, 2018
23: Develop your mind or be controlled by those who do.
Too many people are frustrated because they feel they are being controlled by others. However, we determine if others control us. It's pretty simple: If you don't develop your mind, you'll be controlled by those who do. You won't get to where you want to be accidentally. You must be intentional.
August 10, 2018
22: Are you intentionally improving? Your competition is...
What I learned from the 7 Habits. (Part 7) Are you intentionally focused on developing your character and your competency? I hope so because no one else is or ever will be. Personal development is an inside job...between you and you. High impact players and high impact leaders are always focused on continuous improvement. If you're not, you'll get passed up by those who are.
August 9, 2018
21: When there are differing opinions, don't compromise.
What I learned from the 7 Habits. (Part 6) When there are differing opinions, too many people focus on compromising when they should be synergizing. Synergy means the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
August 8, 2018
20: I lost my son for 4 years; here's how I got him back.
What I learned from the 7 Habits. (Part 5) The key to influencing others is to first allow them to influence you. As Stephen R. Covey said, "Seek first to understand, then to be understood." It's okay to let others go first. When they feel like you understand, it's much more likely they'll listen to what you have to say. However, if they don't feel understood, it's much more likely they'll be focused on responding instead of listening.
August 7, 2018
19: Helping others win causes them to help you win.
What I learned from the 7 Habits. (Part 4) Think Win-Win. Zig Ziglar said it best, "If you'll help people get what they want, they'll help you get what you want." The key is valuing helping other people win. Instead of focusing on ourselves, we must learn to focus on others. Peyton Manning said it a different way, "The most valuable player is the player that makes the most players valuable."
August 6, 2018
18: There's no such thing as time management.
What I learned from the 7 Habits. (Part 3) Once you know who you want to be and where you want to be, you must "Put First Things First" and manage yourself within time toward your goal. There's no such thing as time management. You can't manage time and neither can anyone else. Time just is. There's only personal leadership and personal management within time.
August 5, 2018
17: Moving from where you are to where you want to be.
What I learned from the 7 Habits. (Part 2) Who are you? Where are you? Who do you want to be? Where do you want to be? If you know the answer to these questions, you'll discover there's a gap between the first two and the second two. I call that the "Success Gap." How do you close the gap? You "Begin with the End in Mind."
August 4, 2018
16: The most important principle I've ever learned.
What I learned from the 7 Habits (Part 1). In this episode, I share the most important leadership principle I've ever learned. Learn what it means to "Be Proactive" instead of being reactive. Learn how and why you should focus on your "circle of influence" and why you should avoid your "circle of concern."
August 3, 2018
15: Introduction to the book that changed my life.
The first leadership development/personal growth book I was introduced to happened to be the one that inspired me to transform myself and my life. 10 years later, I've read hundreds of books. However, this one is still #1 on my list. Today, I've also published 12 books of my own and speak and train full-time all across the USA, and sometimes internationally, on leadership development and personal growth. After I introduce this book today, I'm going to record a 7 part series and share more details about it. I hope what I share in the series will help you as much as it helped me.
August 2, 2018
14: That time a front line guy wanted to cut my throat.
Want to learn what made a front line factory worker I had never met say to me, "I want to cut your damn throat!" If so, take a listen. The short answer: poor leadership from above.
August 1, 2018
13: Motivation & Manipulation
Intention is the foundation of trust. Just as we decide how we feel about others, they decide how they feel about us. If they feel we are attempting to use and manipulate them only for our benefit, we create distrust. If they feel we are trying to help and motivate them for mutual benefit, we build trust.
July 31, 2018
12: Character & Competency
What is trust? Most people haven't really thought about it. When I ask my audiences this question, most often I get silence. Then, a few people will say things like honesty, dependability, confidence in others. That's all true. But, there's a lot more to trust than that. Today, I'll explore the two pillars of trust briefly: character and competency.
July 30, 2018
11: Trust is the foundation of influence.
The key to establishing authentic influence it to first establish trust. The more trust you have with others, the more influence you will have with them.
July 29, 2018
10: They don't speak English...
Authentic influence is always better than artificial influence. Here's a story from the shop floor to illustrate just how important establishing authentic influence can be. The boss told me I would need an interpreter to speak to the people in one of his departments because none spoke English. However, they always spoke English to me.
July 28, 2018
9: Authentic Influence vs Artificial Influence
Authentic influence is based on moral authority, your character. Artificial influence is based on formal authority, your position, title, rank, etc. Authentic influence is always better than artificial influence.
July 27, 2018
8: "Leadership is influence." ~ John C. Maxwell
John C. Maxwell said it best, "Leadership is influence. Nothing more. Nothing less. Everything rises and falls on leadership." A few thoughts on one of the most important things I learned from John Maxwell.
July 26, 2018
7: If we won't invest in ourselves, why should someone else?
A few simple thoughts about what it means to invest in yourself. If you're in the blue-collar workforce, odds are your employer will develop you to do the job because that's required. However, they aren't likely to develop you beyond what's required. If you want to climb to the next level and beyond, start intentionally investing in yourself. If you do, you'll quickly separate yourself from the crowd.
July 25, 2018
6: My Story from There to Here Part 5
In this episode, I talk a little about passion, purpose, and sacrifice as I share a little about my transition from Lean Manufacturing/Process Improvement Consultant to Motivational Speaker/Trainer/Coach/Mentor. And, I get a little fired up talking about investing in ourselves. If we won't invest in ourselves, why should anyone else?
July 24, 2018
5.1: Blue-Collar Leadership & Teamwork is on now on audio.
JUST RELEASED ON AUDIO: My newest book, Blue-Collar Leadership & Teamwork: 30 Traits of High Impact Players was just released on audio at and will be on iTunes and Amazon too in a few days.
July 24, 2018
5: My Story from There to Here Part 4
Learn how stepping away from the corporate world (my "J-O-B") to follow my passion for leading lean/process improvement teams created the space I needed to discover my purpose: teaching and speaking about leadership development and personal growth.
July 23, 2018
4: My Story from There to Here Part 3
In Part 3, I share a little about the impact choosing to invest my time to earn a 4 year degree while working 6-7 days a week 10, 12, 14, and even 16 hours a day. However, it took me about 7-8 years to get that 4 year degree. But, it served its purpose. It served as the key to a door that I wanted to open.
July 22, 2018
3: My Story from There to Here Part 2
Learn a little about the beginning of my career at my second manufacturing plant where I started operating, band saws, CNC lathes, mills, drills, and gear shapers.
July 21, 2018
2: My Story from There to Here Part 1
Learn how my blue-collar journey in manufacturing began in 1988.
July 20, 2018
1: The Blue-Collar Leadership Podcast is Coming Soon
Mack Story introduces the Blue Collar Leadership podcast!
July 19, 2018
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